Prepare for a variety of public service careers and concentrate on various social science disciplines while pursuing a public service major from Southern New Hampshire University. The Bachelor of Arts in Public Service is designed for students looking for the skills to pursue an entry-level position on a local, state or federal level as well as for public professionals who wish to gain the confidence and education necessary to advance in their chosen careers. A primary focus of the program is learning what it takes to coordinate and supervise social service programs and direct and lead staff who provide social services to the public.
Not available for international students.
Southern New Hampshire University offers a BA in Public Service for individuals who have completed an associate degree in Fire Science, Human Services, Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies. This two-plus-two degree undergraduate program transfers in 60 credits of the associate degree as a block and is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in public service at SNHU include:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024. That's faster than the average for all occupations.
Employment growth will be driven by increases in the elderly population as well as demand for substance abuse treatment and mental health and health-related services.
Public service majors land jobs with nonprofit organizations, private for-profit social service companies and government agencies. Most public service positions require a bachelor's degree or higher.
Your public service major coursework includes required core coursework from our general education program, foundational public service classes, and history, fine arts and economics electives.
An array of concentrations is offered as well, allowing students to tailor their studies to their career goals and to prepare them for leadership positions. Options include accounting, business, communication, leadership, law and politics, psychology and education.
Evening and weekend courses are available for working professionals or caregivers who are unable to attend college during the work day.
This is a theme-based seminar that builds on the skills learned in SNHU-101 and ENG-120, focusing on information literacy (the ability to locate and evaluate information) as well as written and oral communication skills. The theme of the course will vary according to the instructor, but in all sections, students will conduct extensive research on the topic and communicate their knowledge in a variety of oral presentations and writing assignments that will culminate in a research paper. To be taken during the student's sophomore year.
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
This course offers a broad introduction to the structure and function of the American political system at the national level, including the roles played by the president, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups and the mass media in the policy- making and electoral processes. This course places special emphasis on how the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to solve what they saw as the political problems of their day continue to shape American national politics in ours.
This course explores the structure and function of state and local governments in the United States, with an emphasis on their roles as partners with the federal government in a system of cooperative federalism. Students spend much of the course playing and critiquing their own performance in Camelot, a role-playing simulation game in which they assume the roles of civic leaders, representatives of organized interests, and other interested parties in a hypothetical city to try to resolve controversial policy dilemmas like the ones with which local communities are confronted routinely in the United States.
This course provides students an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students prepare for more advanced concepts in upper-level Psychology courses by learning the basics of how to evaluate research and exploring various areas of specialization within the discipline.
Is one's identity individually or socially constructed? Are all stereotypes invalid or can there be value in generalizations? Is globalization widening the gaps or homogenizing the world? In this course, students will grapple with these essential questions in examining the world through the lens of a sociologist. Sociology offers an empirically-based methodology for critically evaluating society-from issues of individual agency to the roots of global institutions. Culture, norm stratification, systems, structure, social institutions, social change, the organization of social behavior and its relationship to society and social conditions are emphasized. Students will challenge their own preconceived notions and evaluate these constructs in terms of their relevancy to contemporary issues and problems.
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns.
How do we build a society fit for living? This course looks to the field of environmentally sustainable community development (ESCD) for answers to this question. Students explore the principles and practices of ESCD using pattern-mapping of community needs, site visits, and other experiential learning tools that turn communities into classrooms, and bring the challenge of building environmentally sustainable communities to life. In the process, students identify assumptions that lead to unsustainable social practices, and develop the skills necessary to help create livable local landscapes and sustainable local futures through individual and community action.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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